Spawn is poised to become the longest-running creator-owned comic book series of all time this September, and Todd McFarlane is stepping up for the occasion, writing and drawing a story in the record-breaking Spawn #301.
Image Comics co-founder McFarlane created the hellish antihero in 1992, debuting the character in one of the publisher's first series. He'll pull double-duty on the landmark issue, but he won't be alone. Joining the Image Comics President is a host of superstar artists including Greg Capullo, Francesco Mattina, Jason Shawn Alexander, Clayton Crain and Jerome Opeña, with additional comic creators teased to be announced for the 48-page issue. The covers by McFarlane and Mattina are below.
"I could think of no better reason to return to the drawing board than to celebrate the record-breaking 301st issue of the Spawn comic,” declared McFarlane in a statement from Image Comics. "Twenty-seven years ago, I began this journey on the Spawn title. That start, along with helping to co-found Image Comics, (today the third largest comic publisher in the nation) was with the goal of allowing creative people to own and control their ideas."
McFarlane will also write and illustrate part of August's Spawn #300, a 72-page special anniversary issue that will include its own roster of superstar comic book creators including award-winning writer Scott Snyder.
"It is with great pride that I can say that after nearly three decades of producing the Spawn title, that I am still 100% in the creative driver's seat of the character I brought to life back in 1992,” continued McFarlane. "I wrote and drew that first issue and will do the same for this historic issue as well."
Spawn #300 is written by Todd McFarlane and illustrated by McFarlane, Greg Capullo, and more. It is scheduled to go on sale on August 28 from Image Comics.